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Warren County takes Sparta in a 21-2 victory

Warren County escaped Sparta with a 21-2 victory Friday night in what proved to be a shaky game for the Devils coming off the bye week. The Screaming Devils improved their record to 6-1 for the season, relying on the strength of their defense as they have done all season. Neither team was able to sustain an offensive drive past their opponent's 30-yard line through the entire fi rst quarter, resulting in a 0-0 tie at the end of the period. Each of Warren County's drives was halted by a fumble while their defense managed to stall the Bulldogs' offensive threats by holding them on fourth down. The Devils' defense posted the only points in the fi rst half of the contest. Richard Wilburn intercepted a pass from Bulldog quarterback Dontavious Lowe with 6:32 to go in the second quarter. Wilburn returned the interception 34 yards for a touchdown to give Warren County a 6-0 lead. Ed'Ricus Williams came on to kick the extra point and split the uprights for what appeared to be an extra point. However, Hancock was penalized for being offsides and Coach David Daniel decided to roll the dice and go for the 2-point conversion. Damien Clark ran the quarterback sneak and just made it over the goal line to give the Devils an 8-0 lead. Warren County's offense found its stride in the third quarter after the Devils' defense held the Bulldogs' again on fourth down. Warren County took over on downs on their own 31- yard line with a little over 9:00 to go in the period. The Screaming Devils mounted their longest sustained drive of the game as they went 69 yards in about six minutes to set up a 5-yard run for a touchdown by Clark. The Devils would thwart yet another scoring opportunity by the Bulldogs early in the fourth quarter when they again held Hancock on downs inside the Warren County 5-yard line. The Bulldogs would put their only points of the night on the board three plays later when a bad snap led to a safety, making the score 14-2 with 9:50 to go in the game. Warren County capped off the scoring for the night when Clark connected with Dextrell Norris for a 42-yard pass for a touchdown with 6:44 to go in the game. The extra point by Williams was good to make the fi nal score 21-2. Warren County rushed for a combined 220 yards on the night. Dextrell Norris led the rushing for Warren County with 54 yards on 7 carries. Jabari Wilson rushed for 43 yards on 13 carries. Devarius Davis carried the ball seven times for 37 yards and Clark added 34 yards on nine carries. The Devils were 3 for 7 through the air with no interceptions. Clark was 3-5 and Wilburn was 0-2. Clark connected with Williams for a 9-yard completion, Wilson for 17 yards, and 42 yard touchdown pass to Norris. Warren County will be at home for the rest of the season. Friday night's game against the Tigers of Washington-Wilkes will be Homecoming for the Devils. Warren County can guarantee a trip to the playoffs with a win Friday night over the Tigers.

Web posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011

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